this is from the introduction to the EIS on Growlers
The official scoping period began when the Navy published a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in the Federal Register on September 5, 2013. The EIS will evaluate the potential environmental effects associated with the proposed introduction of two additional Growler expeditionary squadrons and the addition of Growler aircraft to the training squadron. The Navy is also proposing to continue and increase Growler operations at NAS Whidbey Island’s Ault Field and Outlying Landing Field (OLF) Coupeville and to study the distribution of operations between those two airfields. The Navy has extended the minimum 45-day scoping period to 120 days. Comments may be submitted through January 3, 2014.
Scoping meetings are being held to solicit input from the public on what should be analyzed and studied in the EIS. Scoping is one of the first steps in the EIS process, and your input during the scoping period is important. Alternatives are currently being developed. No decisions about the proposal have been made, and the impact analysis has not yet started.
During the scoping period, the public can provide comments in four ways:
1. Provide written comments at today’s meeting
( December 3, Coupeville Middle School )
2. Speak with the stenographer, who will record your comments
3. Submit comments electronically on the project website (www.whidbeyeis.com)
4. Mail comments to:
EA-18G Grower EIS Project Manager
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic
6506 Hampton Boulevard Norfolk, VA 23508
Attn: Code EV21/SS